Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2014
Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Male, 2014
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep."
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
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"Will Patton's delivery enhances King's prose in ways that make King's work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it…Patton's narrative voice captures the rhythm of King's words. His character voices, filled with a variety of regional American accents, remain consistent. Most importantly, the sinister aspects that embody characters and moments of this novel are superbly executed and will certainly leave listeners on edge." (AudioFile)
"King, not one given to sequels, throws fans a big, bloody bone with this long-drooled-for follow-up to The Shining." (Booklist)
"…a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance's story." (Publisher’s Weekly)
I was really happy to finally listen to the old time Stephen King. I have not liked his last two non horror books. This one gets back to the Stephen King I grew up with and loved. A good horror novel. Thanks for writing one for the horror fans.
Doctor Sleep is the story of Danny, the little boy from The Shinning. It's beautifully written, and heartbreakingly real, and tells the constant reader Danny's story. What happened to the little boy after The Overlook Hotel? This book will tell you that and more. Enjoy!!
This is an unfair question. I have never listened to an audiobook twice. There are just too many stories I'm excited to get to. However, I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.
Dan Torrance is my favorite character. I loved watching him grow throughout this story.
At first I thought that Will Patton was just too over the top. But, as I listened longer and heard his character voices I found that he was a great choice for the reader of Doctor Sleep.
There was no particular moment that moved me. I just really enjoyed seeing what happened to little Danny Torrance.
I stayed interested the entire time and ever lost my attention. I like Danny and listening to all that he went through in his life. I loved his connection with Abra. Momo was awesome. Rose was something else.
He was amazing. I made each character have a personality of their own. I would listen to this again.
Those nice RV driving people aren't always who you think they are...
This was my first Stephen King novel. I have listen to his short stories or seen the movies that were adapted from his books. But wow, this was worth it and I am now hooked. He is an amazing story teller. I was not scared from this book. It was creepy.
Did not read printed addition
The Shining, of course.
He has done great work for James Lee Burke, who with King is one of my top favorites.
I hope both these artists continue to produce!
H.P. Lovecraft read by Wayne June
Odd character voices that appeared to be characatures rather than characters.
it had moments where references to other books or characters might lead to something far more grand, but never developed. It could have been grand... it should have been grand.
Alcohol appears to be the main villain in this book. it certainly puts up more of a fight than any of the other antagonists. I was so looking forward to a grand adventure and thrill ride... instead, I got a temperance lecture. whee.
One of the best books I've listened to. Not as riveting as King's "11.22.63" (which is Stephen King's absolutely BEST book ever--and the Audible version is one of my all-time, top-10 audiobooks), but very good and worth spending the 19+ hours it took to listen to it. It's not as scary as The Shining (which scared me to death, but maybe because I'm older now, it wouldn't have the same effect on me as it did in the 70s), but it is by Stephen King so prepare yourself for some very evil characters.
You don't need to have read The Shining to be able to follow this book, but if you have read The Shining (seeing the movie doesn't count), you will want to find out what happened to Danny Torrance by listening to this book, that's what I liked best about this book.
I haven't listened to Will Patton before, but I will definitely look for other books read by him. His reading of Doctor Sleep was flawless and made for a very enjoyable listening experience.
Abra and her grandmother, Chetta, were the most memorable characters, however even minor characters, like Billy or Dr. John, were vital to the story. Dick Hallorann is also back and just as charming as ever.
After wading through "Cell" and "11/26/1963", I started wondering where the Stephen King that I enjoyed was. While not as innovative as "Carrie" or as just plain scary as "'Salem's Lot", "Doctor Sleep” stands alongside its predecessor as a good read that can provide more than just chills. It haunts you all the way through and leaves you fulfilled at the end.
Good Job all the way around.
As with every Stephen King book, the characters are so well developed you feel like you know them.
Both Dan and Abra. Very good interplay between the characters. Very believable characters.
This is an excellent Stephen King book. I've read 80% of his books, and I'd put this one in the top 30% for sure. I enjoyed the twists and turns, the plot, the characters, and the ending. Thanks Mr. King for a very thrilling and enjoyable listen. The performer was a little distracting at times, in his character voicings, but not all that bad. The rest of the performance was exceptional.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
Absolutely. Especially if they like some people, felt King had lost his edge over the years. He's back!
Hard to say.
Yes, and as usual, he was spot on.
Abra. Such a wise little girl.
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